Ukraine aid an investment in Europe’s security – Germany

Annalena Charlotte Alma Baerbock
Annalena Charlotte Alma Baerbock

The assistance Kyiv receives from its Western partners is, among other things, an investment in European security, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said at a press conference on Feb. 12.

Speaking after a meeting with her French and Polish counterparts, Baerbock added that if Russian dictator Vladimir Putin believes that the West's strength and resolve are weakening, he is “very wrong.”

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She added that Europeans have been supporting Ukraine for two years and will continue to do so for as long as it takes.

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“The question of how to make support for Ukraine even more effective will also depend on how closely France, Poland and Germany will work together militarily in the coming months and, if necessary, in the coming years,” said Baerbock.

Earlier, Baerbock announced the expansion of support for Ukraine in 2024, adding that "if Putin is hoping for a decrease in EU support [for Kyiv] due to the escalation of the conflict in the Middle East, he is celebrating too soon."

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On Feb. 3, media reports suggested that Ukraine may sign a security agreement with Germany as soon as Feb. 16.

Feb. 1, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that most EU countries are not doing enough to provide military support to Ukraine in its defense against Russian aggression.

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